How Can You Create Privacy in an Open Office?

Plus, the HP Jet Fusion 300/500 3-D printers produce functional full-color parts, and Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon has up to 15 hours battery life.

Quiet, Please

VANK_WALL acoustic pods are designed to provide more privacy in open space offices by offering efficient soundproofing through structural design and sound-absorbing materials. The pods may serve as phone booths, places to relax, as briefing rooms for small teams and as video conference rooms. VANK_WALL pods are available as options for one, two/three, four and six people. All sizes feature an LED lighting system, a ventilation system and a media port adapted to the user’s needs. Pods for one person are equipped with a laptop shelf, and the largest option offers enough space for a table and a set of chairs. The body of the pod is upholstered with sound-absorbing wool, as is the floor covering. Additional soundproofing is achieved with high-quality glass. The wall pods come in many combinations: with one or two glass walls, with the body upholstered on one side or two sides. http://vank.eu.com

3-D Print Powerhouse

The HP Jet Fusion 300/500 Series of 3-D printers produce functional parts in full color, black or white. The Jet Fusion 340 (black and white)/380 (color) is intended for customers who have smaller part-size needs or who commonly print fewer parts per build. The Jet Fusion 540 (black and white)/580 (color) produces a bigger build size (up to 7.5 x 13.1 x 9.8 inches) than the 300 series (up to 7.5 x 10 x 9.8 inches) for customers who have larger part-size needs or heavier production demands. Both machines produce engineering-grade thermoplastic parts with optimal mechanical properties. www.hp.com

Laptop Power

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop supports Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) imaging on a 14-inch display. The laptop features a Global LTE-A wireless connectivity option and up to 15 hours of battery life. With the Rapid Charge battery, a one-hour charge adds up to 12 more hours of laptop operation. The X1 Carbon has up to 1 TB SSD OPAL PCIe TLC of storage and up to 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz of memory. An anti-spoofing fingerprint reader and facial recognition help provide additional device security. New USB-C mechanical side docking eases connectivity. The laptop is Amazon Alexa-enabled, allowing users to play music, get news, control their smart home or shop using only their voice. www.lenovo.com 

Miriam Jones is a former chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.
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